|Received:||12/5/2004 5:04:21 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The current rules limiting telemarketing calls seem to be working quite well. Allowing more automated calls would be a step backwards. If a company has something of note to tell me, they will use a live person. I always hang up on automated calls, and do not want to be bothered by more of them. If the cost per marketing call stays high, the companies will continue to use them only when they have something of particular interest to sell. If the cost is lowered appreciably through automation, the flood gates will open and we will be continually bothered, as we were before the no-call list. One improvement in the rules would be in changing the definition of "existing business relationship." Just buying something small one time in a store should not be enough history to allow unlimited sales calls. This would even be more important if the rules are changed as stated above. Please do not relax the current no-call regulations. I appreciate the peaceful evenings. It would be better if the FCC would change its rules to be in harmony with those of the FTC.